British Council Nepal organized a policy engagement programme on 18 August at the Hotel Radisson.
The programme provided a platform for stakeholders of the Education sector from Nepal, Sri Lanka, and India to engage in a discussion on where they are currently with preparing their students for a place in the global economy and how they might embed the international dimension offer in their schools.
During the event, schools from Sri Lanka and Nepal shared their positive impact stories in the learning and teaching methodology in the classroom after embedding international dimension in their own local curriculum.
Policy makers and educators explored the correct context on leading and embedding International dimension in school curriculum. The Special guests present were:
The Chief Guest Dr Lava Deo Awasthi, Director General of Department of Education expressed “I am honoured to be here today and would like to thank British Council for taking such an innovative initiative. We want our children to respect our identity and embrace diversity at the same time as we are a multi lingual country. Therefore, it is equally very important to embed national and international dimension in our curriculum to ensure they lead the path to become good citizens of the world.”
While Dr Bal Krishna Ranjit, Deputy Director of Curriculum Development Centre highlighted “I fully concur that it is time to bring about change in our present Curriculum and provide quality education. We are working collaboratively with the British Council in planning in joint curriculum mapping to analyse and identify areas for project based learning as per curriculum need. We assure our full commitment in deconstructing and revising our existing curriculum to transform and embed new international dimension in our teaching and learning.”
Dr Jovan Ilic, Acting Country Director, British Council Nepal concluded the event by expressing:
“We need to change attitudes of teachers and students, and move away from rote learning and also rote teaching, especially in Grades 9 and 10 in preparation for the SLC examination. Instead we need to encourage and support creative teaching and learning, especially of 21st Century Skills, such as decision making, problem solving, self-awareness and empathy, whilst also covering all relevant areas of our subject whether it be Mathematics or English or Physics, and also the curriculum as instructed by the Government. We learnt today that it is possible to do all three without it creating extra work for the teacher; in fact it can often reduce the workload, so we need a change in attitude.
We are looking forward to working closely with the Ministry of Education to carry out the curriculum mapping exercise which will support teachers to do exactly this. The curriculum mapping will identify resources and materials that can be used in the classroom, or for reference, so that teachers can move away from following text books from the beginning to the end.” He also said that “The British Council through our Connecting Classrooms project not only links schools from Nepal to the UK but also schools from all round the world. By creating those links we are trying to nurture greater understanding of society and what shapes us as individuals. This learning can then be used for action to create a better and fairer world.”